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Vol. 43, no. 1

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Member News

We're happy to announce several ESS member job changes.

Walter Schlect, writes "I’m happy to share my job change: I am leaving the Goethe-Institut New York next month to be the German Languages and Literature and Comparative Literatures Subject Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis starting October 21st.

Thea Lindquist is now Executive Director of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also let us know that Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara is now the Director of the Digital Scholarship Initiative in CRDDS.

Megan Browndorf will be starting a job as the Slavic and East European Studies Librarian at University of Chicago on November 1st and is leaving Georgetown University on October 11.

And, check out Heidi Madden's recent publication, "The American Library Association and German Library & Information Association Partnership: A Celebration," co-authored with Sharon Bostick, Fred Gitner, and Hella Klauser.

Institutional News


The Library of Congress has an exhibit focusing on contacts between Europeans and the New World between 1492-1600. The exhibit is called 1492: An Ongoing Voyage. The exhibit overview states "Representatives of two disparate, complex parts of the world, previously unknown to one another—The Mediterranean and the Americas—came together on an island in the Bahamas at the end of the 15th century. This accidental encounter brought them into lasting contact, initiating an intense process of exploration, conquest, and acculturation in the Americas that would continue throughout the sixteenth century and beyond. The exhibition 1492: An Oongoing Voyage describes both pre- and post-contact America, as well as the Mediterranean world at the same time."


Princeton's Firestone Library is hosting an exhibit entitled Gutenberg & After: Europe’s First Printers 1450-1470. From the exhibit description "Princeton University owns one of the world’s great collections of earliest European printing. The present exhibition, surveying this period, highlights the century-long collecting program of the two Scheides, father and son. But no single collection, anywhere, is fully comprehensive. Through the generosity of other great libraries, the exhibition has been immeasurably widened and enriched.

Circulus Austriacus

The University of Chicago Library has an online exhibit entitled Central Europe - 18th-Century Maps. The Exhibit contains " 18th-century maps of Central Europe that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection." They indicate that "by "Central Europe" we mean the area in the middle part of Europe that, in the 18th century, was largely administered by members of the German-speaking nobility (although most of the inhabitants of its eastern third were ethnic Slavs and Hungarians). Its boundaries, with some notable exceptions, coincided roughly with those of the then somewhat moribund Holy Roman Empire. It incorporated present-day Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and large parts of Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Kaliningradskaia oblast' as well (perhaps) as northeastern Italy and German-speaking Switzerland."

Jeune Fille de Bayeaux

The University of Michigan Library has an online exhibit entitled Divide & Clothe: Illustrating Fashion in Nineteenth-Century Europe "A dramatic surge in images of clothing appeared in European books, journals, and prints from the 1780s through the 1870s....Such images contributed to perceived divisions between those who participated in fashion and those who did not. In so doing, these images complemented contemporary beliefs that progress and modernity were inherently metropolitan, Western phenomena....The exhibition traces these contrasting ideas about clothing as fashion and as costume (as well as hybrids of the two) across visual representations ranging from fashion plates to caricatures, and from journals associated with clothing production, to encyclopedic volumes on historic dress and world costume" - From the exhibition introduction.

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